World Lit Essay First Draft

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IB English World Literature Essay First Draft Romance, love, redemption, loneliness, and individuality. Themes such as these are not discussed in depth in a particular text, much less brought about with the use of setting and particular scenes to depict these major ideas. However, these themes are observed in Boris Pasternak’s Nobel prize winning novel “Dr. Zhivago” as the renowned writer utilizes a large amount of literary techniques including symbolism and imagery to bring about these themes in a conspicuous and detailed manner. The novel was first published in 1957 in a small town in Italy, Europe, and then was officially published in the year 1988, and the fact that Pasternak had begun writing this text decades in advance, further emphasizes the amount of detail and content put into his remarkable work. The impact Dr. Zhivago leaves in literary history is massive. As discussed above, it was one of the main sources of Pasternak’s distinguished nobel prize, and its fundamental concepts of individualism against collectivism, and how loneliness arises the individualism, set during the time of Putin’s rule over Russia, stirs the minds of readers and allows them to relate this novel to historic events. Pasternak uses the setting, that is the place and time where this story took place, as a symbol or a tool to bring about one of the major themes of the novel. The novel was set during the Russian Revolution, which in itself was an ideological struggle that did not discriminate between the young and the old. This novel can be categorized as a colonial or a post colonial novel which is a political stance taken by a writer in favour of a disfavouring imperialism. Dr. Zhivago speaks of the collective political stand against society and a concept of freedom over autocracy which stems from an individual thought or frame of mind. In this novel, Yuri Zhivago is

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